The Washingtons of Tring

Murray Neil

Tring & District Local History & Museum Society


ISBN 978-0-9549860-2-5



From the back cover:


THE WASHINGTONS OF TRING tells the story of the Washington family from their origins in Scotland and the North of England in the 11th century through to the birth of George Washington in 1732 with particular emphasis on their time in Tring.

George Washington's great, great, grandmother, Ampyllis Twigden arrived in Tring in 1612 aged 10 and lived in Tring for the remainder of her life with the exception of a four year period from 1637 to 1641. She married the Reverend Lawrence Washington in 1632 and they had six children. Amphyllis Twigden Washington died in 1655 and is buried in the grave yard of Tring Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul.

In 1656, John Washington, the eldest of the children of Lawrence and Amphyllis Washington left Tring for Virginia where he established a family that culminated in the life of his great grandson George Washington.

The story of the Washingtons of Tring has been written using original archive material and contemporary accounts together with information gathered from visits to churches and towns associated with the Washingtons.




Map of Washington Family Locations in Britain

  1. Introduction

  2. Times Past

  3. The Calendar Conundrum

  4. From Sulgrave to Tring

  5. The Washingtons of Tring

  6. Prelude to War

  7. War and the Washingtons

  8. Return to Tring

  9. Lawrence and Amphyllis

  10. The Washingtons Depart

  11. An Inadvertent Immigrant

  12. Tring Today





  1. Letter of Amphyllis Washington to William Roades

  2. Baptism Record of Lawrence Washington Jnr

  3. The Washington Coat of Arms

  4. Plan of the Town of Tring - 1838

Family Tree of the Washingtons

As far as I know I don't have any direct family connections with any American President, although the political  views of my 4-great grandfather, Robert Gibbs of Aylesbury, Bucks, may be recorded when he baptised one of his sons with the name George Washington Gibbs in 1802. However I live in Tring and was delighted to be able to read such an informative account of  the links Amphyllis Twigden Washington and her children (and briefly her husband Lawrence) had with the town. It would seem that they lived close to where the Black Horse Public House now stands and knowing this makes the historic connection with the town more real. What I found most interesting was the reason why Lawrence and Amphyllis lived apart - but of course the Civil War must have disrupted many families.  If you are interested in Tring, or the ancestors of President George Washington, you will find something here to interest you.
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